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Building LegitimacyExploring State-Society Relations in Northeast India$
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M. Sajjad Hassan

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195692976

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195692976.001.0001

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(p.233) Chapter 8 Conclusion
Building Legitimacy

M. Sajjad Hassan

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This chapter compares the account of the variance in conflict and political order to that provided in the literature on Northeast India and specifically in the conflict literature. The author describes the theoretical and policy implications of his research. It discusses that state agencies face challenges from rival forces across the range of their functions and that the ruling coalition in Mizoram has been able to mitigate inter-group contestations and prevent conflicts from breaking out uncontainably. It notes that grievance is an important ingredient for conflicts and violence. A comparison between the political economy of Manipur and Mizoram shows that both institutional arrangements and capabilities of the state in Manipur are poor, and hence, prone to internal and external shocks. It concludes by suggesting that actions around local issues, particularly those that are about inclusionary participation mechanisms, such as through public action for provision of public services will need to be pursued.

Keywords:   political order, conflict, Northeast India, policy, state agencies, ruling coalition, Manipur, Mizoram, political economy, inclusionary participation mechanisms

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